Taking Care Of Your Yorkie

By: Susanbailey
There are many things that can and do go wrong with breeding so it is important that you carefully consider what can happen before your choosing to start Yorkshire Terrier breeding for yourself. The first thing you need to do is consider your own Yorkshire Terrier. Do they meet breed standards, do you know what specific faults they may have and how they are transmitted through genes?

Before breeding you need to make sure both the male and female have bacteria cultures and brucellosis tests done in order to reduce infections transferred during breeding. Before breeding the female dog should be thoroughly checked by a veterinarian for luxating patellas, cardiomyopathy or hypothyroidism, which are all conditions that can be passed on to the litter.

Even if both the female and male are healthy and good options for breeding you still want to educate yourself about all possible hereditary faults that can result in the line you're breeding. Take the time to research the family lineage on both sides and know what you can do to reduce hereditary conditions.

Before Yorkshire Terrier breeding another thing you should consider is what can go wrong during the gestation period. There is always the chance that before, during and after whelping the mother dog can die. Just a few of the more common complications include uterine inertia, prolapsed uterus, eclampsia, metritis or mastitis.

As the whelping time draws near the female Yorkie should never be left alone and most of the time a Yorkie will need assistance when whelping. So before and after the whelping it may be necessary for you to stay home for several days. It is also important to consider the cost. C-sections may need to be required for small breed dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers and you need to make sure you have enough money saved up should this be necessary. It is also important that you know the signs of any troubles that can occur during breeding and what steps you should take in order to resolve the problem.

The final aspect of Yorkshire Terrier breeding that you should consider is raising the Yorkie puppies. Just a few of the problems you should educate yourself about include fading puppies, toxic milk, septicemia, primary atelectasis, herpes virus, cleft palates and hypoglycemia.

There may be a chance that a birth defect is present when a puppy is born and if the defect is serious enough you may have to choose to put the puppy down.

When a puppy is born there is always the chance that a birth defect may be present and if it is serious enough the puppy may have to be put down. If necessary would you be able to do this? While you may be able to do this you should also be prepared for the complications it will cause the mother. Can you take several days off work on short notice in case your are required to raise the litter for a while should something happen to the mother? If necessary would you be comfortable with tube feeding or bottle-feeding? Again you need to carefully consider all the costs involved. Just a few of the things you may have to pay for include vaccinations, looking for a home for the puppies, paying vet bills and raising the puppies for several years or their entire life if you are unable to find a home for them.
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